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SZCZERBIŃSKI, ALFONS (1858–1895)

Complete Piano Works • 2


  • Giorgio Koukl, piano

Polish composer Alfons Szczerbiński was a Romantic who revered Bach, Haydn and Mozart above all others. Many of his scores were lost during the First World War or destroyed by the composer himself. His most extrovert music exudes the panache and rhythmic brio of Chopin whilst his series of Chansons sans paroles display a flair for harmonic fantasy and melodic beauty reminiscent of Mendelssohn. Giorgio Koukl’s second volume of Szczerbiński’s complete piano music reveals yet more discoveries by this unjustly neglected composer.

Tracklist

1
Polonez in B-Flat Major, Op. 13 (1890) (00:08:02)
2
Rondeau in F Major, Op. 1 () (00:06:19)
 
3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 8 () (00:09:00 )
3
No. 1. Souvenir (00:04:01)
4
No. 2. Désir du printemps (00:02:12)
5
No. 3. Méditation (00:02:59)
6
Tema e variazioni in G Minor (edited and completed by G. Koukl) () (00:08:04)
7
Chanson sans paroles in E Minor () (00:01:44)
8
Capriccio in D Minor (edited and completed by G. Koukl) () (00:03:39)
9
Chanson sans paroles in A-Flat Major, Op. 16 () (00:02:55)
10
Andante con variazioni in F Major (edited and completed by G. Koukl) () (00:12:05)
11
Chanson sans paroles in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 31 () (00:05:51)
12
Fuga in C Major (edited and completed by G. Koukl) () (00:03:15)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:01:06

The Artist(s)

Giorgio Koukl Giorgio Koukl is a pianist/harpsichordist and composer. He was born in Prague in 1953 and studied there at the State Music School and Conservatory. He continued his studies at both the Conservatories of Zürich and Milan, where he took part in the masterclasses of Nikita Magaloff, Jacques Février and Stanislas Neuhaus, and with Rudolf Firkušný, friend and advocate of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. It was through Firkušný that Koukl first encountered Martinů‘s music, prompting him to search out his compatriot’s solo piano works. Since then he has developed these into an important part of his concert repertoire and is now considered one of the world’s leading interpreters of Martinů‘s piano music, having recorded that composer’s complete solo piano music, together with five discs of Martinů‘s vocal music and two discs of his piano concertos. As a logical continuation of this work, Koukl has recorded the complete solo piano works of Paul Le Flem, Alexander Tcherepnin, Arthur Lourié, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Witold Lutosławski, and, more recently, Alexandre Tansman, Tibor Harsányi and Alfons Szczerbiński.

The Composer(s)

Alfons Szczerbiński The known oeuvre of Alfons Szczerbiński largely consists of works for piano. Even this relatively modest sampling, however, identifies Szczerbiński as a prominent Polish talent in the Romantic mould who took it upon himself to compose music for poems by Adam Asnyk, Michał Bałucki, or Friedrich von Matthisson (some of the latter’s poems were also set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven and by Franz Schubert).